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Full Moon and halo, La Palma

La Palma, 6-7 november 2014. I had the pleasure to accompany Patricia on an observing run with the Belgian Mercator-telescope at the Observatory de los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (ouf!) The full moon was right in the middle of … Continue reading

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La Palma, Milky Way

For stargazers , the island of La Palma is a little paradise. Especially if you are able to go to the top of the island and observe the milky way from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.  To make images, … Continue reading

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Estany Roi and the Red Mountain

June 19th, 2014, Vall de Boi, Catalunya, Spain. The walk to Estany Roi (estany= lake, roi = red) has been on our to-do list for some years now.  We had already spotted this colourful mountain from a distance during a previous walk to the Estanys Gemenats but feared … Continue reading

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Reaching for the skies of La Palma

La Palma, April 26th. In this season, both the flowers and the domes at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory are looking upward to the skies. The plant (Echium wildpretii) is biennal and carries a flower which can reach a … Continue reading

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Mountain lake…

June 22nd, Collado de Gelada, Vall de Boi, Catalunya, Spain. One of our utmost pleasures in the mountains is to make a long walk to a mountain lake. After a tiring and sometimes difficult walk, finally reaching the lake gives you the feeling that … Continue reading

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The call of the sierras

May, 29th. The bad weather continues. We ‘ve had one day with sunshine this week, but that’s about it. More rain to come. It’s about time we’re going back to the Spanish sierras, with their fantastic sceneries, fascinating wildlife….  Yes, the call … Continue reading

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La Palma skies.

April 2013. La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. On top of the Caldera de Taburiente, at an altitude of over 2400 meter, you’ll find Europe’s biggest astronomical observatory of the northern hemisphere, showing impressive skies to the visiting astronomers. The first … Continue reading

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Birds of La Palma

February 2013. The island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) is not really the best place for birdwatching or bird photography. Birds are not abundant…  you’ll see an occasional preybird, some crows, some very small singing-birds and that’s about it….   But … Continue reading

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